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The Internet Archive Software Collection

The Internet Archive Software Collection is the largest vintage and historical software library in the world, providing instant access to millions of programs, CD-ROM images, documentation and multimedia.

The collection includes a broad range of software related materials including shareware, freeware, video news releases about software titles, speed runs of actual software game play, previews and promos for software games, high-score and skill replays of various game genres, and the art of filmmaking with real-time computer game engines.

Some highlighted collections:

The Old School Emulation Center (TOSEC) is a retrocomputing initiative dedicated to the cataloging and preservation of software, firmware and resources for microcomputers, minicomputers and video game consoles. The main goal of the project is to catalog and audit various kinds of software and firmware images for these systems. TOSEC catalogs over 200 unique computing platforms and continues to grow. The project has identified and cataloged over 450,000 different software images/sets, consisting of over 3.60TB of software, firmware and resources. The goal of the TOSEC project is to maintain a database of all software and firmware images for all microcomputers, minicomputers and video game consoles. In addition to this, the project also catalogs other computing and gaming resources such as software and hardware manuals, magazine scans and computing catalogs.

The CD Archive collects thousands of Shareware and Cover CD-ROMs from the heyday of the CD-ROM (late 1980s to mid 2000s) and provides ISO images as well as links inside these collections of software. With over 2,500 discs now hosted, the archive allows access to a wide range of historical collections, including curations by defunct groups like Walnut Creek and Linux/Unix distributions of the past. Other CD-ROMs include images and digitized music, documentation sets and game modifications. Most of these CD-ROMs can be downloaded as .ISO or .CDR files, as well as browsed online through the Internet Archive's file listing interface.

The DEMU collection is a curated collection hosting over 4,000 classic PC-based games from a quarter century. The collection contains shareware, freeware, and demo programs, all DOS or Windows-based.

The FTP Site Boneyard is a collection of various FTP sites from around the internet, gathering what were once the dominant form of file transfer online but which have fallen to the wayside in favor of other update servers and cloud-based storage. From the mid 1980s to the late 2000s, FTP sites would gather various needed patches, programs, utilities or information and make it available in a quick, seamless fashion. This boneyard contains many prominent FTP sites of the past, including MPOLI.FI and its ancient machine drivers, ftp.netscape.com and ftp.lotus.com. In all, many gigabytes of historical files are located here.

Many times, contributions and collections come in the form of a disk drive, or the output from a single hard drive's contents. Instead of delaying these items until they can be curated, the Disk Drives collection provides access to these large file repositories. In most cases, these collections can be browsed online, allowing access to all manner of user-created software writing dating from the 1980s-1990s period.

Built from the cache of an ISP that stopped providing a mirror after many years, the Linux Distributions collection contains many Linux and other Free OS distributions going back to the dawn of open-source operating systems. The collection primarily contains ISOs of the original CD and DVD-ROMs.

Many other groups are working hard to save and provide easier access to vintage software. Besides preserving the data off the original medium, these groups also classify, curate, and describe the software for historical context. In some cases, additional programs are provided to analyze the works and allow modern computers to access the material. The vintage software contains the many different efforts put out by these groups.

Be sure to browse the Software Sites collection, which gathers a number of now-dormant mirrors and collections to allow continued access to the older materials. Among the highlights are a 2004 TUCOWS mirror, a 2012 GITHUB gathering of deleted files, and others.

Finally, do not miss the Open Source Software Collection, which is the default contribution space for the users of the Internet Archive to keep copies of software available to all. Tens of thousands of programs, distributions and provisions are located here.

The Software Collection primarily provides the actual binary data for programs, as well as the original storage archives for files. If you are looking for manuals, books, or printed information, there are a number of other collections at the archive, including sections for manuals, computer magazines, computer newsletters and computer books.

Please contact Jason Scott, software curator at the Internet Archive, with questions, suggestions or possible donations to the collection.


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IBM Developer Connection Release 2 Volume 2 June 1998 Discontinued Software This is a complete list of the The IBM Developer Connection Release 2, Volume 2 content. The products for the June 1998 release are noted as New (N) or Updated (U). Products with Time-Out code are noted with a (T). Member Level is the base subscription. Advanced Level includes the Member Level, and the Premier Level includes the Advanced and Member Levels. Note that product disc numbers are shown preceded by their...
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Installation Tools June 1998
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Game Source Code Collection
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Note: If you want to run this on a modern linux computer, good news! The source code of this version of the game was released by EA a few years ago. Original description:    Multi Player SimCity for X11 is now available from DUX Software! DESCRIPTION:     SimCity, the original award winning city simulation game from Maxis Software, now runs on powerful Unix workstations with X11!  DUX's implementation of SimCity for Unix was awarded product of the year 1992 by Unix World in the January...
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Topics: sgi, simcity, sunos, solaris, shareware, game
Tucows Software Library
by http://www.irfanview.com
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This free image viewer and converter supports an extensive list of formats: Supported file types: AIF, ANI/CUR, ASF, AU/SND, AVI, B3D, BMP/DIB, CAM (Casio JPG), CLP, DDS, Dicom/ACR, DJVU, ECW, EMF/WMF, EPS, FlashPix (FPX), FSH, G3, GIF, ICO/ICL/EXE/DLL, IFF/LBM, IMG (GEM), JPG2000, JPG, JPM, KDC, LDF, LWF, MED, MID/RMI, MNG/JNG, MOV, MP3, MPG, MrSID, NLM/NOL/NGG, OGG, PBM/PGM/PPM, PCX/DCX, PhotoCD, PNG, PSD, PSP, RAS/SUN, RAW, Real Audio (RA), RLE, SFF, SFW, SGI/RGB, SWF (Flash/Shockwave), TGA,...
Topics: Irfan View, Multimedia, Image tools, Image viewers, irfanview, irfan, view
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Foundation 1
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Tucows Software Library
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This batch image processing and conversion software supports over 70 image formats, and it provides an array of enhancement, editing and processing operations. Multi-page image conversion and processing are fully supported. Formats include: AFP, ANI, AVI, AWD, BMP, CAL, CGM, CLP, CMP, CMX, CUR, CUT, DGN, DIB, DRW, DWF, DWG, DXF, DWG, EMF, EPS, EXIF, FAX, FLI, FLC, FPX, GBR, GEM, GIF, ICA, ICO, IFF, IMG, ITG, J2K, JBIG, JIF, JPEG, JTF, LBM, MAC, MDA, MPG, MSP, PBM, PCD, PCT, PCX, PDF, PGM, PNM,...
Topics: AutoImager, Multimedia, Image tools, Batch image processing and conversion, PAINT SHOP PRO, PAINT...
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SGI CD: IRIX 5.3 for Indy R4400 175MHz
Shareware CD-ROMs
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Companion CD-ROM to ISBN 1-56592-058-9 "* Specification documents: straight from the horse's mouth, these are the actual vendor documents for the file formats described in this book - Microsoft Windows BMP from Microsoft; QuickTime from Apple; OS/2 Presentation MAnager from IBM; SGI Inventory from Silicon Graphics; TIFF from Aldus; TGA from Truevision; and many more. You'll find many lesser-known formats here as well. * Code examples: written in ANSI c, this code shows you how to read and...
Topics: file formats, graphics files, specification, BMP, QuickTime, TIFF, TGA, MS-DOS, Windows, OS/2,...
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Development Libraries
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SGI CD: SoftWindows 95 5.0 for IRIX 6.5
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Development Foundation
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Applications November 1999
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Applications June 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: MIPSpro All-Compiler CD May 1999 for IRIX 6.5 and later
Community Software
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This is the leaked source code of Turok Dinosaur Hunter
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CD-ROM Images
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SGI CD: Hot Mix 4
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Community Software
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The SiliconGraphics IRIX 6.5.30 images, containing 3 overlay and install tools discs, applications disc, and complementary applications disc. You need a base install of 6.5 on the system before installing this, as well as patch 5086 (should be provided in the overlay1/install tools disc). Albeit abandonware (you can't purchase IRIX anymore from a firsthand source, nor acquire support for it), it still is copyrighted, closed source material, only uploaded here for archival purposes. It is...
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Topics: IRIX, 6.5.30, SiliconGraphics, SGI, UNIX
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: MIPSpro C Compiler 7.2 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Compiler Execution Environment 7.3 for IRIX 6.5 through 6.5.4
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SGI CD: ONC3-NFS Version 3 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5 Base Documentation June 1998
SGI CD: Freeware 2.0 Unsupported software compatible with IRIX 6.2 and later
SGI CD: IRIX 6.5.6 Installation Tools and Overlays (1 of 2) November 1999
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: O2 Demos 1.1.1 for IRIX 6.3 Including R10000
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SGI CD: Open Inventor 3D Toolkit 2.1.2
The FTP Site Boneyard
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dump of the ftp.sgi.com ftp before it went down
Topic: ftp sgi archive irix indy octane tezro fuel patches
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Hot Mix 19
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Open Inventor 2.1.5 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5
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SGI CD: IRIX Development Foundation 1.2 for IRIX 6.2
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SGI CD: ImageVision Library 3.2.1 Development Option for IRIX 6.5
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SGI CD: Insignia SoftWindows 95 4.0 for IRIX 6.3 and 6.4
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SGI CD: Hot Mix 17
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.2 Development Foundation
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.3 for O2 Including R10000
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5.6 Overlays (2 of 2) November 1999
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Ada95 Compiler 1.3 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Freeware May 1999
SGI CD: Teleffect 1.0 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5 for Microsoft NT 4.0
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: SCSL Scientific Library 1.2 for IRIX 6.4 and 6.5
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SGI CD: Hot Mix 18
CD-ROM Software Library
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Adobe FrameMaker 5 UNIX SUN SunOS / Solaris HP HP-UX DEC Digital UNIX IBM AIX SGI IRIX
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CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Freeware (part 1 of 2) November 1999
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX Networker 4.1.3
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SGI CD: IRIX Development Foundation 1.2 for IRIX 6.3
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5.6 Base Documentation November 1999
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: MIPSpro C++ 7.2 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIS Performer 2.2 Yosemite Demo CD for IRIX 6.2 and later
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX Development Foundation 1.2 for IRIX 6.4
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SGI CD: IRIS Performer 2.2 for IRIX 6.2 and later
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SGI CD: MIPSpro Fortran-90 7.2 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
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SGI CD: Cosmo Software May 1996 for IRIX 5.3, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Documenter's Workbench 4.1.3
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SGI CD: SNMP Access to HP-UX MIB 1.1.2 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.3 Applications August 1997
CD-ROM Images
by Silicon Graphics
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SGI IRIX 5.3 OS installation CD.
Topics: SGI, IRIX, UNIX
SGI CD: Performance Co-Pilot for Oracle 2.0 for IRIX 5.3, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIS Performer 2.2 Friends Demo CD for IRIX 6.2 and later
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.5.1 1 of 2 Installation Tools and Overlays August 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Freeware (part 2 of 2) November 1999
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: MIPSpro Fortran-77 7.2 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.2 Development Libraries
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SGI CD: O2 INSERT FIRST
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.4 for Origin, Onyx2 and OCTANE
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SGI CD: O2 IRIX 6.3 Recommended-Required Patches August 1997
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.3 Development Foundation
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SGI CD: ProDev WorkShop 2.6.5 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
SGI CD: Molecular Inventor Development Kit 1.1 for IRIX 5.3, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: MineSet 2.0.1 for IRIX 6.2 and later
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SGI CD: Freeware June 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Ada95 Compiler 1.2 for IRIX 5.3, 6.2 and 6.3
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: IRIX 6.4 Development Foundation
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: Cosmo Suite August 1998
CD-ROM Software Library
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SGI CD: WorkShop Pro MPF 2.7 for IRIX 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4
Tucows Software Library
by http://www.cheewoo.com
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This is a viewer for major vector and raster graphic files. Use it to view, zoom, print, copy images to the clipboard and view thumbnails. Most popular image formats are supported. The program includes an Explorer-style view of the path, a single-view mode for viewing and zooming, a slide view mode for automatic image changing and the ability to display images while loading them. VaryView supports AFP, ANI, AVI, AWD, BMP, CAL, CALS, CG4, CGM, CIT, CLP, CMP, CMX, COT, CUR, CUT, DCX, DGN, DIB,...
Topics: VaryView, Multimedia, Image tools, Image viewers, vary view, varyview, very view, veryview